Watch the video summary of the health of Crooked Creek:
Water from Crooked Creek flows into Jordan Lake. From there it flows into the Haw River and then to the Cape Fear River. This river is the only one in North Carolina that empties directly into the Atlantic Ocean.
The health and cleanliness of the watershed are reported in Durham’s State of Our Streams Report. In 2018, Crooked Creek received a score of 90. This is equal to a grade of "A". This is up from a score of 76 in 2017.
Water Pollution InvestigationsStormwater Services encourages neighbors to discuss and discourage putting trash, wash water, grease, or other pollution into storm drains. Anything that goes into storm drains does not get treated and, in this watershed, eventually washes into Crooked Creek and Jordan Lake. Residents can also call the Stormwater Hotline (919-560-SWIM) to report water pollution.
The Public Works Department is working on the Northeast Creek and Crooked Creek Watershed Management Implementation Project. The City has contracted with Brown and Caldwell Environmental Engineers to work with city’s Engineering and Stormwater Services Division to prepare an engineering study and assessment of the Northeast Creek and Crooked Creek watersheds. Learn more about the watershed improvement plan.
Watershed Improvement Plan
There are many ways for you to help protect the health of Crooked Creek. Adopt a portion of the creek or volunteer to label storm drains. There are also 2 major stream clean-ups each year. Big Sweep is the 1st weekend in October, and Creek Week is the last weekend in March. Email the public education coordinator for details.
You can also join some of the many groups dedicated to protecting the health of our rivers and streams. The Haw River Assembly is active in this watershed.